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IMPD opens registration for its second-ever ‘Teen Academy’

An officer playing a Jeopardy-style game with students attending the IMPD Teen Academy. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has opened registration for its second-ever “IMPD Teen Academy.”

The academy was created to help youth understand the roles of law enforcement, and provides several hands-on activities like crime lab investigations and lessons in conflict resolution. The program was also created to give young people a chance to consider a future career.

Sgt. Randy Diaz with IMPD’s Community Engagement & Outreach Bureau told News 8 the program was specially designed for kids to see all the specialties IMPD has to offer.

“All of this is geared and designed for kids, exposing them to a career in law enforcement, so it’s not just the patrolling part, it’s the investigation, the different specialties we have. It’s just an introduction to all those specialty units that the kids didn’t think we had in this department,” Diaz said.

The program is free and is open to 75 kids between the ages of 12 to 14. The academy runs from June 26 to June 30. To register for the program, visit their application.